Social media giant Facebook holds a developer conference annually called F8. The conference is a platform for Facebook to share its new products and services with its wide array of users. F8 is also a platform for developers across the globe to showcase their products.
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The event had similitude with the last year edition where a large amount of developers in Africa showcased their innovations before the vast community. The 2017 edition of F8 was held in San Jose, California, USA on 18-19 April having over 4,000 attendees. The African developers that graced the event were from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The list of the African developers that graced the occasion is below:
Kudi.ai : A chat bot that helps buying airtime, paying bills and sending funds to any bank across Nigeria. The chat bot can be supported on different social media but at the moment is supported on only Skype and Telegram.
Quiz.ng : A Nigerian based online quiz platform.
Kangpe : A startup in the health sector that allows users ask health questions from real doctors and not robots. The startup is based in Nigeria.
Refunite : A Kenyan startup that helps the reunion of refugees with their family, friends and loved ones.
Pass.ng : This is Nigerian startup that provides students with questions and drills for university entrance examinations. The service helps the student in adjusting their mind frames to be able to strategically prepare for the prospective University’s screening.
Eneza Education: A Kenyan educational app.
Afrinolly: A Nigeriaan app that lets its users stay updated with Nollywood right from their mobile phones. It’s also one of the first set of companies in Nigeria to construct the Facebook Surround 360 camera.
Rancard: A company specialized in mobile solutions in Ghana. Its social recommendation system was featured at the F8.
Asoriba: A startup whose software enables churches to manage member engagement, attendance and donations. The startup is based in Ghana.
Truppr: A Nigerian startup specializing in social fitness.
Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa said the F8 event is a good platform for Facebook to relate more with their partners and to get feedback from Facebook’s vast community.
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“We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage,” said Afigbo.
Other participants of the event are the winners of Facebook’s Internet.org Innovation Challenge and the winners of the CMU-Africa Messenger Bot Hackathon.